Tag Archives: 05-16-2012

Longboat Key police chief killed in crash

Al Hogle, Longboat Key police chief, was killed May 14 in a motorcycle crash in North Carolina.

According to Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer, Hogle was riding with a group of friends in the mountains of North Carolina when the crash occurred.

Capt. Tokajer said Hogle was a great man, a good mentor, as well as his boss, and they were close. “He was a friend and a good Christian,” Tokajer said.

Hogle, who was in his early 60s, was formerly with the Sarasota Police Department. He served on the Sarasota City Commission, and also as mayor before taking the position of chief of the Bradenton Police Department. He served as Longboat Key’s police chief for the past 10 years.

“The entire Longboat Key police department is grieving,” Tokajer told NewsManatee. He will be greatly missed.”

Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com contributed to this report.

Algae surfaces on beaches

That brown-looking scum that some Island beach-walkers recently reported seeing washed up along the shoreline is not from an oil spill, as some think, but is an alga common in the Gulf of Mexico that has mixed with ordinary reddish-brown seaweed.

Hayley Rutger of Mote Marine Laboratory on City Island in Sarasota, said scientists at the laboratory have identified the algae as Trichodesmium. Although it is generally found farther out in the Gulf of Mexico, Rutger said its appearance is not unusual.

“Although for many years we don’t see any along the beach,” she said.

At the same time as the brown Trichodesmium algae is washing ashore, so is common reddish-brown seaweed. When the two combine on the shore, it appears much like that from an oil spill, she said.

The algae is not considered harmful to humans, but Mote scientists are studying samples from several beaches along Florida’s west coast to ensure there is no harmful bacteria or red tide algae hidden in the substance.

When Trichodesmium washes ashore with ordinary seaweed, Rutger said, it can give off a “rotten odor” as it decomposes.

Rutger said red-brown seaweed is common along area beaches this time of year, but Trichodesmium usually stays further out in the Gulf — unless currents carry it to shore.

Manatee County Natural Resources Department director Charlie Hunsicker said Trichodesmium is “not a prelude to red tide” because of different conditions in the water.

County work crews will be cleaning the algae and seaweed from county beaches, but not from areas where private homes and businesses front the Gulf of Mexico.

He said the algae should not leave behind “large masses of decaying vegetation,” but a “fine particle residual.”

Although the Trichodesmium algae is not harmful to bathers or beach walkers, Hunsicker said it’s always possible someone might have an allergic reaction because of their own physiology. “But I’m not a medical doctor to comment on that,” he said.

Rutger said red tide usually produces sore throats and sinus issues in people who have been in or near water containing the red tide algae. Red tide, known scientifically as Karina Brevis, kills fish when it forms in the Gulf, she said.

Mote scientists will continue to monitor area Gulf waters for the next few weeks for any algae problems, including red tide, Rutger said.

AM mayor declines second term

Anna Maria Mayor Mike Selby said last week he will not seek a second term in the November city election.

The mayor said it took him longer than he expected to make his decision, but believes it is the right choice for himself, the city and his family.

“I took this on in 2010 with the idea of bridging the gap. I think things have toned down a bit and people are dealing with the issues that face the city,” he said.

Getting people to discuss issues rationally was one of the reasons he sought the office in 2010, he said.

“It’s been an interesting time for me personally and I have been blessed with a phenomenal staff that helped and supported me through the past year and a half.

“There are several things I want to see move forward during my remaining time in office, and then I know there will be someone who will step in and continue to move the city in the right direction,” Selby said.

When he ran for office in 2010, the city was in turmoil with supporters of then-Commissioner Harry Stoltzfus on one side, and those who supported development of Pine Avenue on the other side.

The dispute sparked a number of lawsuits against the city, and eventually hundreds of Stoltzfus’ e-mails were uncovered, including some unflattering to then-Mayor Fran Barford. Some people suggested Stoltzfus’ previously undisclosed e-mails to citizens about city business may have violated Florida’s Government-in-the-Sunshine Laws.

Stoltzfus was recalled from office in a special election Sept. 9, 2010, and Selby was convinced by supporters just before the deadline for the regular city election in November to register as a candidate for mayor. Barford did not seek a third term in office.

Had Selby not sought the office, planning and zoning board chair Sandy Mattick would have been the only candidate to qualify and she would have taken office.

Selby maintains he only considered serving one term when first elected, but reviewed his position after encouragement from a number of voters.

No one has yet announced plans to seek the mayor’s post or a seat on the commission in the Nov. 6 election.

Sandy Mattick said she would not run again for mayor as she has a new job that would interfere with the duties of mayor, she said.

Commissioner Jo Ann Mattick, whose third term expires in November, said she has not given any serious thought to a fourth term. “It’s too early to think about running again,” she said.

Likewise, Commission Chair Chuck Webb, who also is up for re-election in November, said it’s too early to make a decision.

Planning and zoning board member Nancy Yetter was defeated in November 2011 in her bid for a commission seat, and had said then she would likely run again in 2012. Efforts to reach Yetter for comment prior to press deadline for The Islander were unsuccessful.

But Webb, Jo Ann Mattick, and anyone considering a run for municipal or county office must decide soon.

The Manatee County Supervisor of Elections office has set qualifying for city and county candidates from noon Monday, June 4, to noon Friday, June 8, although Anna Maria is qualifying candidates May 29-June 8, in order to prepare for primary voting in August, although the city elections do not take part in the primary.

In previous election years, qualifying did not begin until July or August.

Elections in all three Island cities for a commission seat or the mayor’s office are non-partisan.

The terms of all Anna Maria elected officials are for two years. A commissioner is paid $400 per month, while a mayor’s salary is $800 per month.

Island Trolley sets record, concerns raised

Many Island residents and accommodation industry owners, managers and rental agents are thanking their lucky stars for the fare-free Island trolley.

Ridership of the trolley, which began operating in 2002, set a one-month record in March 2012 with 64,663 passengers. That outdistanced March 2011 — the previous one-month record — by 21.5 percent, when 53,238 passengers boarded the trolley.

The trolley carried 172,549 passengers in the three-month period from February-April 2012, an increase of 24.8 percent from the 138,238 passengers who rode the trolley during the same three months in 2011, according to figures on the Manatee County website.

Without the fare-free trolley, a lot more cars and drivers would be on Island roads every day, said Holmes Beach Police Chief Jay Romine.

He said that without the trolley the Island might have had serious congestion on its roads many days during the season. Additionally law enforcement officers from all three Island cities might have been pressed into service as traffic control officers on many occasions, were it not for the trolley taking vehicles off Island roads.

“Thank you trolley,” said Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce president Mary Ann Brockman.

“Without the trolley, it would have been extremely difficult to move around the Island this past season,” said David Teitelbaum, owner of four Bradenton Beach resorts.

“And it appears this was the best season on record. I would not be surprised if we had nearly 150,000 visitors for that three-month period,” he said.

Brockman said the fare-free trolley is one of the major boosts for Island tourism, allowing people to come to the Island, park their car, and just use the trolley. It keeps cars off Island roads, provides a safe environment for travel and has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in its own right, she said.

Without the trolley, the Island might not have been able to sustain its tourism growth the past four years, she acknowledged.

Teitelbaum agreed.

“The trolley kept the Island moving this past season. So many people come up to me and say the free trolley is one of the reasons, often the major reason, they decided to come to the Island. I shudder to think where we would be without it,” he said.

With all four properties booked solidly from February through April and from what other accommodation owners, managers and agents have said, Teitelbaum believes it was a record three months for visitors to the Island.

Teitelbaum’s prediction of a record appears to be backed by the trolley passenger figures.

In February 2012, trolley ridership was reported at 49,044, an increase of 40.1 percent from the 35,012 for the same month in 2011.

April 2012 was also a busy month. The county website reports 58,842 riders took advantage of the free service that month, an increase of 17.7 percent from the 50,025 trolley passengers reported for April 2011.

“It all points toward a record year for tourism,” Teitelbaum said.

At the same time, however, some believe the Island should be careful it can accommodate continued growth in the tourism industry.

Anna Maria Commissioner SueLynn said everyone in the tourism industry — property owners and managers, developers and builders of vacation rentals, rental agents, and marketing specialists at the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau need to stop and take a deep breath.

“Please, don’t’ misunderstand me. I love tourism. It’s the lifeblood of our economy. But we only have a finite amount of space on the Island, and only so many parking spaces,” she said.

“We have to ask if we are over-selling tourism to the Island to a point where we can’t accommodate everyone? Our advertising is doing a wonderful job of drawing visitors,” she observed.

However, she said, as elected officials, she and her colleagues need to take a long look at where Island tourism is headed, “not just in Anna Maria, but throughout the Island.”

Third Bradenton Beach P&Z board member resigns

A third member of the Bradenton Beach Planning and Zoning Board has resigned following a contentious May 3 city commission meeting laden with accusations and arguments aimed at P&Z members.

Longtime board member and former city commissioner Bill Shearon submitted his resignation May 4, while P&Z chair Rick Bisio, after having served for 10 years, also submitted his resignation following the May 3 meeting.

At the meeting, Bradenton Beach Commissioner Ric Gatehouse accused P&Z of presenting a “colored and tainted” recommendation swayed by personal bias in its decision to deny the city’s joint development agreement with the BeachHouse Restaurant to build a dune and parking lot across from city hall and next to the restaurant.

P&Z outlined eight violations to the city’s land development code in reaching its decision.

The Commission disregarded the P&Z recommendation to deny the project and approved it following Gatehouse’s accusations and city attorney Ricinda Perry’s claims that P&Z qualifications were substandard to city staff.

In a letter dated May 10, P&Z board member Joyce Kramer cited her reasons for resigning, noting that staying on the board would serve no purpose.

“The work and time demanded of the P&Z board is not valued and taken seriously,” Kramer wrote. “Commissioner Gatehouse made this clear in his comments to the public at the commission meeting.”

Kramer said Gatehouse’s perception of P&Z having a preconceived notion based on personal opinions was inaccurate.

“I can attest to the fact that we came to the meeting having done our homework and knowing that this proposal was in violation of a number of land-development code regulations,” she said.

Kramer said Gatehouse’s comments were “inappropriate, as well as being disrespectful, dismissive, and arrogant. It is not the way to treat volunteers who have devoted much time to this issue.”

Kramer next noted Perry’s comments dismissing the expertise of P&Z members.

“(Perry) made it clear that the fact finding and decisions of the P&Z board are not of any value when she pointed out at the meeting that commissioners must base their decision on the word of ‘experts’ and the staff,” said Kramer.

“So what is the point of the P&Z work?” she asked.

Kramer said based on the comments of Gatehouse and Perry, P&Z “does not matter” and the existence of a P&Z board is simply “going through the motions.”

While P&Z was accused of making a baseless decision, Kramer said it is commissioner decisions that are being made without considering the P&Z findings.

“Not only was (the May 3 decision to approve the project) woefully inadequate, it did not list our finding of facts for our denial,” she said, noting that Commissioner Gay Breuler admitted she bases her decisions on staff recommendations first and foremost.

Kramer said she is concerned about the future of P&Z and what, if any impact, it will have on the city.

“When I applied to serve on the board in 2011 my application was approved by the commissioners,” she said. “I wasn’t even interviewed about why I wanted to serve.”

She said no formal training was offered, and new members were left to learn from experienced members.

Kramer wonders how new board members can learn with the loss of such experience, pointing to P&Z member Jo Ann Meilner as the last board member with experience.

Meilner has not gone on record as announcing a resignation, but also has not said she will remain.

“I am deeply disappointed with the tone and conduct of the (commissioners), but I am far more dissatisfied with the manner in which the interests of our citizens are treated and the decision-making process is conducted. Our city deserves better,” Kramer said.

HB woman guilty of Key Royale Club embezzlement

    Holly Connelly was found guilty May 11 of charges she schemed to defraud more than $50,000 from the Key Royale Club by Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Thomas Krug at the Manatee County Judicial Center, Bradenton.

     “It was an open plea to the court,” said assistant state attorney Christopher Nigro. “She pleaded no contest” and the court adjudicated the embezzlement charges with a finding of guilt, he said.

         Connelly’s sentencing hearing will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 27. At the sentencing, Nigro expects the court to hear testimony from Connelly’s family and friends and from the victims.

    Connelly faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison on the first-degree felony of defrauding her former employer. She was the bookkeeper for the Holmes Beach club between June 2008 and April 2011.

    Connelly pleaded not guilty in August of 2011 and originally demanded a jury trial.

    The plea heads off a May 21 trial date. The case was set for hearing May 7, but then was continued to May 11.

    An affidavit of Holmes Beach Police Department Detective Michael Leonard indicates Connelly embezzled $387,181 during three years of employment by writing checks to herself and by forging and depositing checks directly into her own bank account.

    A Holmes Beach police investigation into embezzlement at the club, 700 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, led to Connelly’s arrest.

    Following her June arrest and detention in Manatee County jail, she was released on $15,000 bond, after the original $500,000 bail was reduced by an Aug. 31 court order.

    Connelly was required to surrender her passport, live in Manatee County, and observe a curfew that prohibited her from leaving her residence 7 p.m.-7 a.m. except for work purposes. She also was required to wear an ankle monitor 24 hours a day until the disposition of her case.

    On another Connelly court matter, a child support enforcement matter case, a notice of delinquency was filed May 1 against Phillip D. Connelly, charging him with $1,337 in child support arrears.

    Holly Connelly is represented now by assistant public defender Jennifer Fury. At Islander press time, Fury had not returned calls for comment.

        Krug will preside over the Connelly sentencing at the Manatee County Courthouse, Room 6A, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

No new leads in missing paddleboarder

There are no leads in the search for paddleboarder Jeffrey Comer, 50, who went missing April 29 while paddleboarding in Gulf of Mexico waters off the shore of Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County.

Comer’s paddleboard was found adrift by a boater near Holmes Beach, his wallet and keys tucked safely aboard the craft.

The board was discovered late April 29 and reported the following morning. Rescue agencies, including the U.S. Coast Guard, launched a search-and-rescue effort, but suspended the search later that day.

Police still have not ruled out any possibilities in the case, but with no new information or leads, have ceased providing updates. The last update provided on the missing man was April 30, the day the search began and ended.

The competitive paddleboarder was described as being fit, with no medical conditions, and his vehicle was discovered near Fort De Soto at Mullet Key where he set off into Gulf waters on his board. There was no evidence at the site of his vehicle of foul play.

While the waters off Fort De Soto Park are a popular spot for water enthusiasts, those same waters are said to be dangerous, known for high waves and strong currents.

Comer is described as 5-feet-8-inches tall, bald with blue eyes.

Anyone with information on the missing paddleboarder, is asked to call the Tampa Police Department at 813-354-6600 or dial 911.

Roadwatch, May 16-23

Marina Drive from 59th Street to 62nd Street in Holmes Beach will be closed from May 16-23 for construction of stormwater drainage lines by the city, according to Bob Shaffer of the building department.

A detour will move traffic on 59th, 60th and 62nd streets to Holmes Boulevard and back onto Marina Drive.

Installation of new sewer lines on North Shore Drive at Cypress Avenue in Anna Maria by the Manatee County Utilities Department is ongoing and the project should last several months, according to the department.

Traffic on North Shore Drive should not be affected by the work, a MCUD press release.

Daytime-only repairs to the Longboat Key Bridge/State Road 789 are continuing, a Florida Department of Transportation press release said.

The east sidewalk of the bridge and Greer Island — often called Beer Can Island — near the bridge are closed. The draw will open for boaters on demand.

Completion of the project is expected at the end of May and no construction activity is planned for Memorial Day weekend.

More information on the bridge project is available online at www.mySR789.com.

Obituaries – 05-16-2012

Marilyn Jean Bradow

Marilyn Jean Bradow, 84, of Bradenton, died May 5. She was born in Hinsdale, Ill., and moved to Bradenton in 1957 from La Range, Ill.

Mrs. Bradow was a Lutheran.

Services will be private for the family. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Mrs. Bradow is survived by sons Lance of Coleman, Ala., Stuart of Deltona, Fla., and Mark of Bradenton; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


Derek Freno

Derek Freno, 28, died April 29. He was a long-time resident of Bradenton, and formerly lived on Anna Maria Island. He was born April 6, 1984, in Wheeling, W.Va.

He loved animals, enjoyed fishing and was an avid Miami Dolphin fan.

A service was held in Bellaire, Ohio, May 3, and a a memorial service will be held at a later date in Bradenton for family and friends

Mr. Freno is survived by his mother, Kelly Dobbins Freno of Bradenton; father, Don and wife Mitzie of Ohio; brothers Dustin and Dylan Dobbins; stepbrother Randy Ramsey, stepsisters Denise Ramsey and Tammi Warner of Ohio, and Michelle Trinkeller of North Carolina; and many aunts, uncles, neices, nephews and cousins.


Alma ‘Amy’ Kennedy Hook

Alma “Amy” Kennedy Hook died Nov. 29, 2011, in Houston. She was born Oct. 1, 1922, in St. Alban’s, W.Va.

Mrs. Hook spent her retirement years in Bradenton with her husband, Ted. Her many interests included golf, Methodist Womens church circle, AAUW, and volunteer work at the Island Branch Library.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 24, with a reception to follow at Faith United Methodist Church, 7215 First Ave. W., Bradenton.


Maynard V. Pinkham

Maynard V. Pinkham, 71, of Anna Maria, died May 12. He was born June 8, 1941, in Village of Freeport, N.Y.

Mr. Pinkham served two years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. As a young man, he worked in the resort industry and managed a hotel in Great Exuma, Bahamas.

He was a union carpenter and master craftsman for 21 years, and was in charge of construction for Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in South Lake Tahoe. He was president of the South Tahoe Swim Team for several years and enjoyed traveling and officiating at the swim meets. After retiring to Anna Maria 15 years ago, his hobbies included building furniture, fishing, boating and driving his yellow Corvette.

A service will be held in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, at a later date. A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Roser Memorial Church Church with a reception immediately following. Memorial donations may be made to the Roser Church food pantry, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Pinkham is survived by his wife of 44 years, Linda; son Brett of Anna Maria, daughter Heather Nyberg of Bradenton; sister Janice Raymond of California; grandchildren Alyssa Bosch, Amanda Bosch and Andrew, all of Bradenton, and Adam Zell of Las Vegas; and many nieces and nephews.


Antoinette Scanio

Antoinette Scanio, 97, died May 11 in her home surrounded by family. She was born March 9, 1915, in Tampa, and moved to Anna Maria Island in 1946, where she co-founded the IGA Grocery Store in Anna Maria.

Mrs. Scanio was a member of the Roser Memorial Community Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at the Roser Memorial Chapel.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Anna Maria Island Community Center and Tidewell Hospice.

She is survived by daughters Rosemary and husband Roy Griscom and Marie and husband Norman Franklin; grandchildren Dawn Bates and Dina Franklin; and great- grandchildren Johnathon, Tiffany, Tyler and Travis.


Wilson Shymanski

Surfing shaped his life.

Wilson Shymanski, 52, died suddenly in his Bradenton home May 8. He was born in 1959 at Manatee Memorial Hospital and died just two weeks shy of his 53rd birthday.

Growing up in Palma Sola Park, mere miles from the beach, Wilson began going to Manatee Public Beach at a very early age. His mom, Kay Shymanski, who died in 2007, packed her kids in the station wagon, crossed the causeway, and the family spent nearly every day in the sun and waves on Anna Maria Island.

Older twin brothers Rich and Phil Salick became local surf legends, moving to Cocoa Beach just out of high school, and Wilson followed their lead after graduating in 1977 from Manatee High.

Wilson’s base of friends were many and he even held the title “Mayor of Coconuts” given to him by the Cocoa Beach crew that frequented that famous beach area.

If it was physical, Wilson was good at it — skateboarding, surfing — especially anything to do with the

beach. Wilson became one of the most notable surfers in Cocoa Beach while managing the Salick Surfboards retail store at its famous Third Street North location, home of many notable surfers, including Kelly Slater.

After living in Cocoa Beach for a number of years, he located to Texas for a time before returning to his home in Bradenton.

He had a keen interest in cars, and spent a lot of time working on his 1991 Mustang. An avid keeper of fish, his salt water tanks in his home were pristine wonderlands, always in top condition with the meticulous care he gave them.

In 1999 Wilson was the great “Hero,” as he gave the gift of life to brother Rich by donating a kidney, thus saving his brother’s life.

A private family service is planned. Memorial donations may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Florida, 1040 Woodcock Road, Suite 119, Orlando FL 32803-3510, e-mail nkf@kidneyfla.org or go online at www.kidneyfla.org.

He is survived by brothers Richard Salick, Philip Salick and Rosser Shymanski; sister Joanie Mills; nephews Phil Salick, David Morgan and Brandon Mills, and a number of extended family members.



William Harry ‘Bill’ Snarr

William Harry “Bill” Snarr of Hanover, Ontario, died April 27. He was orn July 13, 1930.

Mr. Snare was former member of the Lord Strathcona Horse Tank Corp Canadian Armed Forces, former superintendent of the Peel Regional Police, retiring in 1982.

A private celebration of life is being planned at a later date.

Mr. Snarr is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Jean, children Wesley, Victor, Scott, Gail, Suzanne Pearson and Kymberly; 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; sisters Joyce, Lorraine Ellis and Susan Hookom of Holmes Beach; and brother Ken.

Islander Calendar – 05-16-2012

Thursday, May 17

        6 p.m. — Dining for Women potluck supper, Sandpiper Resort clubhouse, 2601 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.

6-8 p.m. — Hermann Trappman Obscured by Time, Ponce de Leon: The Discovery of America, opening reception, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 102.


Friday, May 18

12:30 p.m. — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island golf ball drop, Tara Golf & Country Club, 602 Drewrys Bluff, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-448-5500.

• 1 p.m. — Keep Manatee Beautiful Golf Tournament, Tara Golf & Country Club, 602 Drewrys Bluff, Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-795-8272 or 941-713-1763.


Saturday, May 19

9 a.m.-noon — Islander pet photo-rescue fundraiser, Moonracer No Kill Animal Rescue, The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-6701.


Saturday May 19-Friday May, 25

        11 a.m.-3 p.m., National Safe Boat Week, Anna Maria Power Squadron, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81, free vessel checks all day except Wednesday, May 23, at Coquina South ramp, Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, and Kingfish Boat Ramp, Manatee Avenue, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-895-6189.



Saturday May 19 – Sunday, May 20

        10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday —Longboat Key Challenge, a Regatta-Island Style, Bayfront Park and Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Fee applies. Information: 941-383-2466.



        • Through 5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Fine Forgiveness Week, various locations in Manatee County Library system. Information: 941-748-5555.

• Through Sunday, May 20, all Manatee County libraries Through Sunday, May 20, “Fools,” Island Players, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-5755.

• Through May 24, “Artists and Animals of Myakka” exhibit, Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.

• Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversation for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars, Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.


Coming Up:

        • May 24, Coffee with the Commissioner, Paradise Cafe, 3210 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-5827

• May 26, Anna Maria Island Privateers 58th annual Snooks Adams Kids Day, Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Information: 941-920-3989.

• May 26, Bradenton/Sarasota Deep Sky Observers, Sidewalk Astronomy, city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-342-9632.


Save the Date:

• June 2-3, Anna Maria Island Privateers, Wildlife, Inc., Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island and Anna Maria Island Community Center blood drive, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-753-1577.

• June 9, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Cooking for Kids/Summer Nights, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-488-4009.

• June 9, Scallopalooza, Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-953-5333.

Send calendar announcements to news@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.